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Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Another fantastic trip into the life of Nell Ingram and the PsyLED team.  They have to solve a mystery with the vampires.  Can Nell handle the maggoty feeling long enough?

Title: Circle of the Moon
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Soulwood #4
Publish Date: February 26, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Netgalley

Publisher’s Description:  Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned–and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank–he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This was again a fabulous addition to the Soulwood series. Nell is coming into her own after having a rough few years. She is a strong protagonist and I love how she can manipulate people by using the “church lady” persona. I like Nell because she has a lot of common sense and she uses it. She’s relatable. Her magic is of the land and grows like the land would grow.

This book developed more of the PsyLed connections than anything. Occum has moved up in her estimation and I delved into Ricky Bo’s past a little more. I have to admit that I do feel sorry for the guy even though he broke Jane Yellowrock’s heart. The story also involved some of Jane Yellowrock and alluded to things going on in her world. Things that will be coming up, I’m sure.

I loved this series as soon as I started reading them. Nell is a character that has flaws. She loves with her whole heart but she also has a pretty hot temper. I know I wouldn’t want to do wrong by her! This is a total 5 star book.

Oh, and my favorite part of the book is Nell taking tea with Ming of Glass.  That was Awesome!!

 

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I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Dane Curse by Matt Abraham

Reading and reviewing the stories in Eight in the Chamber anthology.  Reviewing book #4

Title: Dane Curse
Author:  Matt Abraham
Series:  Black Cape Case Files #1
Publish Date:  February 10, 2015
Genre: Pulp Fiction
Source:  purchased by reviewer in Anthology, Eight in the Chamber

Publisher’s Description: For a guy like me, who can shrug off bullets and lift seven tons, there’s no better profession than powered crime, and no greater burg to practice it in than Gold Coast City. But after ten years of tossing Buicks at heroes I wised up, took the black cape off my back, and hung out a shingle. Only instead of Dark Deeds Done Daily, this one reads Dane Curse, PI. Now I work cases for the dark denizens I was once counted among. The problems they got aren’t the kind that cops care about, so I do what I can, because sometimes even the unjust deserve a little justice.

At least that’s how it was before the world’s greatest superhero was mysteriously murdered, an act so terrible it threatens to start a war that’ll tear my home apart block-by-block, unless I find the killer in five days’ time. But getting to the truth won’t be so easy. I’ll have to contend with black capes whose powers and pulse cannons can shred my hide. An army of technologically advanced armored lawmen led by a power-mad government schemer. And white caped heroes whose abilities and intentions are both less than pure.

No simple task for a small time PI, so I’ll need every bit of my strength, guts, and powers if I’m going to find the killer, save my city, and maybe even get some justice for the greatest hero the world has ever known.

In Dane Curse, Matt Abraham, winner of Pulp Detective’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year Award, takes us on our first trip through the powered underbelly of Gold Coast City in a fast paced adventure you’ll never forget. If you like white knuckled action, devious dames, and heroic villains then get your copy today, and saddle up with the most exciting detective since Harry Dresden!

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a review of the fourth story in the anthology.  I wasn’t thinking this was going to be my kind of book.  The cover looked like a graphic novel and the preview seemed a little Dick Tracey-ish.  I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, this is a superhero kind of book.  The good guys on one side, the bad guys on the other.  And then there are the police – non super heroes.  Kind of bitter lot they are.  Anyway, the cops always work the murder cases of the supers and the regular folk, but if a villain super bites the big one, then no one cares.  It doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t grieved for or missed, it just means there is no justice for the villain.

So, does a supervillain deserve justice?  Dane Curse thinks so.  He’s the only black cape P.I. out there and when a villain is killed, he will search til he finds who did the deed and he never gives up.

This is a fun book but there is only 2 in the series and it doesn’t look like any more are forthcoming, so pace yourself.

 

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Croft and Wesson by Brad Magnarella

Reading and reviewing the stories in Eight in the Chamber anthology.  This is book #3, a short novella that has Prof Croft winging it to help out Wesson.  Will he make it out alive?


Title:
Croft & Wesson
Author:  Brad Magnarella
Series:  Prof Croft
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source:  purchased by reviewer in Anthology, Eight in the Chamber

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a review of the third story in the anthology.  James Wesson really does not take his job seriously.  He has to use the assistance of Everson Croft in order to figure out why blond women are disappearing.  It could be a serial killer, right?  It’s nothing to do with the gold bracelets and any kind of magic, could it?

Well, you know it does.  Croft & Wesson battle a bunch of were wolves that James owes a huge debt to, they have to stay on the straight and narrow of the local Sheriff how is wiley and cantankerous and try and stop whatever or whoever is sending bracelets to the ladies in town.  The story is a good one.  It doesn’t add a whole lot to the over arching series story, so it’s a good standalone to test out the waters.

There is some grisly parts, a puzzle and one big scary dude.  Check it out.  It’s worth it!

 

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Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival by Laurence Gonzales

Come with me. Honor those heroes and survivors of Flight 232 and remember those who were lost on this 30th anniversary of the disaster in Sioux City, Iowa.

Title: Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival
Author:  Laurence Gonzales
Publish Date: July 13, 2015
Genre:  non-fiction
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn’t move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived.

No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures, minute by minute, the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others.

Ultimately he takes us, step by step, through the gripping scientific detective work in super-secret labs to dive into the heart of a flaw smaller than a grain of rice that shows what brought the aircraft down.

An unforgettable drama of the triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.


Ruby Lee says…

 

On a humid, hot, and sticky July day, countless lives were changed forever when a crippled DC- 10 airplane drunkenly made its way to the airport in Sioux City, IA.   On July 18, 1989, an odd series of mechanical events, that some in the aeronautics world had labeled improbable, crippled the plane over Alta, IA.  By another odd series of events that many label a miracle, the plane was able to make it to the Sioux Gateway Airport but crashed on landing.  The crash tore the plane in pieces and exploded into a fiery projectile.  The film of the crash has been played innumerable times on local and national TV in the last 30 years.  It was the first time a crash of a jumbo jet had ever been recorded.  The miracle is that because of the efforts of the flight crew and the preparedness of the people of Siouxland, a 185 people survived that day

As the 30 year anniversary of the crash of Flight 232 approached, I felt drawn to read this book.  Thirty years ago today, I was in Sioux City with my mom and brother.  The 12 year old me was getting the last of what I needed for the Church camp I would be attending the following week in Okoboji, IA.   We spent much of the day in the Southern Hills Mall which is located only a few miles from the airport.  As we started the 45 minute drive home, we began to see ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles racing to Sioux City.  My mom and I read out loud the names on the side of each vehicle which matched the name of a local community.  We wondered what could have possibly happened to cause the need for that many emergency personal.  We didn’t know that the flight tower had called an “Alert Three” which mobilized 80 pieces of emergency equipment from 40 different communities to the air field.  When we arrived home, the 3 TV channels that we could receive back then were filled with the horrible images of a crashing plane with the beautiful blue Iowa sky in the background.

Laurence Gonzales wove this story together masterfully.  Somehow, he was able to tell a 100 small stories inside one impressive book that flowed together seamlessly.  The amount of research and interviews that he did is almost unimaginable. The attention to even the smallest details brought this story to life. This book made me feel like I know many of these people personally despite the fact I have never met them. He also tells the story of the defective part of the engine from the day that it was made, to the day it brought down the plane, then to the Alta, IA field where it was undetectable until it was found by a combine during the harvest, and finally to the research area of “Cell 10” at GE where it was analyzed on the micro level and a cause was found.

The audiobook is also remarkable.  I listened to half this book while traveling and finished the story by reading it on my kindle. Either way, I feel that you will find this book as amazing as I did.

Other recommendations…

…you might try Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should  Never Be Forgotten by Jerry Borrowman.

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Fire Season by Stephen Blackmoore

Eric Carter has a difficult life and a more than difficult wife.  Can he fix all this and save the city?

Title: Fire Season
Author:  Stephen Blackmoore
Series:  Eric Carter #4
Publish Date: April 16, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: bought by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  Los Angeles is burning.

During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages with fires that burn when they shouldn’t, that don’t stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people.

To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him, after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren’t adding up, and Carter knows there’s more going on.

If he doesn’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it fast, Quetzalcoatl won’t just kill him, he’ll burn the whole damn city down with him.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

Wow.  This was an eventful book.  Hold on to your seat when you start, because it is a ride.  This a strictly urban fantasy with no romance, but considerable violence and cussing.  Spell slinging and danger are the by products.

I love Eric Carter books.  He flies by the seat of his pants but never seems to get dead.  He gets into some very tight spots, actually practically impossible spots, but somehow he always finds a way.  The thing about Eric Carter right now is that he is involved with some ancient gods and Aztec history.  I know neither so it was a tidgy difficult to follow, but he does recap to make it more understandable to people like me.

Eric has to employ a lot of his gut feelings in this story.  Who to trust and how to play a situation by knowing how certain kinds of people (greedy people) will respond.  He loses some of the population due to the gods and their lack of consideration of human life.  He feels every one of those lives expire.  He risks a lot to save who he can when he can, but he still beats himself up over it all.  He knows he has made bad choices, but often those choices came from no choice at all.

If you like necromancers (not the creepy kind), then Eric Carter would be a good series to start.  He grows a lot in the first couple of books and then when he takes off, he takes off like a rocket.

I give this book a solid 5 because it was edge of my seat, one sitting read.

 

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